The Adults by Caroline Hulse. A couple (now separated), plus their daughter, plus their NEW partners, all go on an epic Christmas vacation together. What could go wrong?
Bitter orange by Claire Fuller. Whiffs of Shirley Jackson, Daphne du Maurier, and Charlotte Bronte as an upstairs neighbor becomes obsessed with her downstairs neighbor.
The clockmaker’s daughter by Kate Morton. The story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadows across generations set in England from the 1860s until the present day.
The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash. An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City’s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination.
Fire and blood by George R.R. Martin. Set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones”, this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.
Forever and a day by Anthony Horowitz. A spy is dead. A legend is born. This is how it all began. It’s the explosive prequel to the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale.
The friend by Sigrid Nunez. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind.
Hazards of time travel by Joyce Carol Oates. Time travel and its hazards are made literal in this novel in which a recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and is punished by being sent back in time to 1959 middle America.
The little shop of found things by Paula Brackston. A wonderful blend of history with the time-travel elements and a touch of romance.
Look alive twenty-five by Janet Evanovich. When several managers of a deli in Trenton disappear, a bounty hunter and her detective boyfriend look for clues.
Master of his fate by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Falconer, who spends his days working at his father’s market stall, is determined to become a merchant prince.
The Moore house by Tony Tremblay. After something gruesome happens in a N.H. home, a priest and three excommunicated nuns are asked to cleanse the building. It is only after they give it the all clear that the demons truly begin to unleash their wrath and power.
My sister, the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. A short, darkly funny novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.
Nighttown by Timothy Hallinan. When a professional burglar breaks one of the cardinal rules of burglary (don’t take scores that you’re being paid way too much for), he finds himself on the wrong side of, well, the wrong side.
Nine perfect strangers by Liane Moriarty. Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In this page turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out.
Of blood and bone by Nora Roberts. Sequel to Year One, this is a new tale of terror and magic in a brand new world.
Overkilt by Kaitlyn Dunnett. A quiet Maine town is beset by a series of disastrous happenings. Small town charm and a determined sleuth who does a great job uncovering clues in a tale that rings all too true.
Penelope Lemon : game on! by Inman Majors. A recently divorced, financially struggling mom faces online dating challenges when a nude picture of her surfaces on the internet.
The Razor by Jack Mitchell. A riveting sci fi thriller about a man struggling to survive the chaos on a prison planet.
Robert B. Parker’s blood feud by Mike Lupica. Sunny Randall races to protect her ex-husband – and his Mafia family – from the vengeful plan of a mysterious rival.
The spite game by Anna Snoekstra. Mercilessly bullied in high school, Ava knows she needs to put the past behind her and move on, but she can’t – not until she’s exacted precise, catastrophic revenge on the people who hurt her the most.
Those who knew by Idra Novey. A taut, timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the group of misfits who finally bring him down.
Tony’s wife by Adriana Trigiani. Love, ambition, and the consequences of both lie at the heart of this epic of two working-class kids who become a successful singing act during the big band era of the 1940s.
Winter in paradise by Elin Hilderbrand. Irene’s husband is found dead in St. John’s in the Caribbean. Why so far from home? He had a second family AND shady dealings on that island.
Eighth grade (2018) starring Elsie Fisher
Crazy rich Asians (2018) starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding
Killing Eve (2018) staring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer
Primal fear (1996) starring Richard Gere and Edward Norton
Serpico (1973) starring Al Pacino
A better life (2011) starring Demian Bichir
NEW MUSIC CDs
Bohemian Rhapsody (soundtrack) featuring Queen
Golden hour by Kacey Musgraves
Honey by Robyn
Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes
All that heaven allows by Mark Griffin. The definitive biography of the deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood’s golden age – Rock Hudson.
Almost everything by Anne Lamott. Brief explorations into finding hope and wisdom in times of despair and uncertainty.
The American Revolution: a world war by David Allison. A new look at the American Revolution: more than the David vs Goliath portrayal, it was the very first world war.
The best comfort good on the planet by Kerry Altiero. The chef and owner of Café Miranda in Rockland gives some of his favorite recipes.
The end of the end of the earth by Jonathan Franzen. This is a Silent Spring for today, but instead of challenging readers to change the world, it pushes them to change themselves.
A forever family by Rob Scheer. An inspirational memoir about the author’s turbulent childhood in the foster care system and the countless obstacles and discrimination he endured in adopting his four children.
Gandhi: the years that changed the world, 1914-1948 by Ramachandra Guha. The definitive portrait of the life and work of one of the most abidingly influential – and controversial – men in world history.
The library book by Susan Orlean. This reopens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, the 1986 Los Angeles fire, while exploring the crucial role that libraries play in modern American culture.
My love story by Tina Turner. This sets the record straight about her illustrious career and complicated personal life.
The Smithsonian history of space exploration by Roger Launius. Comprehensive illustrated guide to the history of U.S. and international space exploration, both manned and unmanned from ancient world to the extraterrestrial future.
Under the darkening sky by Robert Lyman. A vivid social history of the American expatriate experience in Europe between 1939 and 1941, as the Nazi menace begins a shadow over the continent, heralding the storms of war.
Why religion? : A personal story by Elaine Pagels. Pagels looks to her own life to help answer questions such as: Why is religion still around? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way we experience everything from sexuality to politics.
Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.